In today’s offering we return to the question of the position of the priest and people relative to the altar especially regarding the older form of Mass, the so-called "Tridentine" Mass. too often we hear that in the old days Mass was celebrated with the "priest’s back to the people", which is of course NOT what was going on at all. But can you explain what is really happening?
this PODCAzT drills once again into Mass "ad orientem" through the help of Joseph Ratzinger’s book Feast of Faith, originally published in German in 1981. We hear about how Mass is always an opening out to the whole cosmos and how Christ draws us out of ourselves. The Holy Cross is the important sumbol to pay attention to in this issue.
I am beginning to grasp more and more why His Holiness wanted the Motu Proprio to go into effect on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross!
We also hear a wonderful prayer of St. Augustine of Hippo which takes its cue from the phrase Conversi ad Dominum, "Turned toward the Lord", with which he would often end his sermons.
It is interesting to read the provisions of Summorum Pontificum in light of this book. We get a glimpse of what His Holiness is trying to accomplish.
042 07-08-10 St. Augustine on St. Lawrence and how to be a Christian
041 07-08-09 Ratzinger on liturgical silence; silent Eucharist Prayer
040 07-08-02 Eusebius of Vercelli in exile; my column in The Wanderer on detractors of Summorum Pontificum
039 07-07-27 St. Augustine on Christ the Mediator; “for all” or “for many”?
038 07-07-25 Ratzinger on “active participation”; The Sabine Farm; Merry del Val’s music
037 07-07-18 The position of the altar and the priest’s “back to the people” .